Former Port Canaveral Commissioner Indicted on Corruption Charges


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution announce the arrest today of former Port Canaveral Commissioner Ralph Kennedy for unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior.
Kennedy’s arrest comes after a year long investigation by FDLE’s Orlando Regional Operations Center into complaints of corruption by Kennedy during his term as the elected Port Commissioner. The investigation revealed that Kennedy and others conspired to provide Kennedy with unlawful compensation derived from various Port related projects. During the investigation, agents determined that Kennedy was involved in illegal business transactions involving a local contractor and a business owner within the Port.  As the Port Commissioner, Kennedy had authority over the various projects through regulation and voting procedures. Kennedy aided in the negotiation of bids on a hotel project at the Port and then positioned himself for a financial kickback for his role in delivering the project to the contractor. 

Kennedy resigned as Port Commissioner on Oct. 26, 2009.
Kennedy was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in Ft. Lauderdale. He was arrested today and booked into the Brevard County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case.
For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith or Keith Kameg
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001